The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

Ryan Elkins - Eli Lilly

Students: Spring 2024, unless noted otherwise, sessions will be virtual on Zoom.

Hacking Your Security Career: Strategies That College Did Not Teach Me

Aug 29, 2018

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The field of Information Security is broad with many career paths. The high demands and low supply for security expertise is constantly in the news. How do we fix this? Many people are either intimidated by security or do not realize that their expertise and talent would be a perfect fit for the security industry even if they are in a different field. This talk will bridge that gap and help identify the opportunities available to you. Common questions will be answered such as how to get started, what resources should be utilized, and what exactly does a career in Information Security look like. This presentation will turn the traditional career approach upside down and utilize the "hacker mindset" to our advantage to accelerate our careers, create opportunities, and position ourselves to be successful.

About the Speaker

Ryan Elkins, Advisor, Cloud and Application Security Architecture

Ryan Elkins leads the cloud and application security architecture programs for Eli Lilly and Company. Elkins has over 10 years of security experience leading programs across the financial, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries. Throughout his career, he has developed multiple application security programs, managed a global security services operations center, designed complex cloud architectures, performed security consulting and penetration testing, and has led a global information security program. Elkins holds the CISSP and CCSP certifications, a bachelors degree in Computer Technology from Kent State University, and a masters degree in Information Security from Nova Southeastern University.

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